Summer Institute for Marine Science at Rookery Bay | National Estuarine Research Reserve

August 5 - 9, 2019 9AM to 4PM

Students with an interest in marine science are invited to participate in a very special opportunity to learn about the coastal environment with Rookery Bay staff and local researchers during the Summer Institute for Marine Science. This week long program brings students into the estuary for hands-on experiences relating to ecology, marine biology, sustainability and citizen science.


Even more fun at Rookery Bay!

A visit to Rookery Bay has so much fun in store for Kids & Families. Visit our Environmental Learning Center, Explore Rookery Bay with Nature Tours by Boat & Kayak, or take in a lecture.

2019 Summer Institute for Marine Science

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This year’s theme is watersheds and water quality. Activities generally include kayaking, mudflat exploration and pulling a trawl net behind a research reserve vessel to learn about the animals of the Rookery Bay estuary. PLUS! We’ll take field trips to nearby environmental centers, such as Mote Marine Lab.

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The Summer Institute for Marine Science is for students entering 8th, 9th or 10th grade. Space is limited to 15 students and registration is required. For questions, email Jeannine or call 239-530-5989.

If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please call 239-530-5989.

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Thank You!

This program was made possible with funding support from the National Science Foundation and Lucky’s Market Naples.

Explore with Us!

Guided Boat Tours

Discover Rookery Bay’s extraordinary wildlife on one of our naturalist guided kayak tours. Two-hour guided kayak tours let you explore backwater bays and mangrove forests and provide opportunities to see wildlife such as wading birds, osprey, fish and dolphins.